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Searching for a vision

New photographs at Stairwell and RIC’s Bannister Gallery
Haley O'Connor, the co-founder of Stairwell Gallery, includes a few of her own photos in the gallery's new show, "Yesterday Today and Tomorrow."
By GREG COOK  |  October 13, 2009


Lasting impressions

RISD’s ‘The Brilliant Line’ details the history of engraving
The Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries didn't become known as the European age of rebirth for nothing.
By GREG COOK  |  October 07, 2009


Photos: The Brilliant Line at RISD's Museum of Art

The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480- 1650, on display until January 3, 2010  
Photos from artwork at the Rhode Island School of Design in T he Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480- 1650, exhibit.


The digerarti

 ‘Pixilerations’ plugs in Providence art
Strapped into Erik Conrad’s electronic vest, I stood waiting for the personal digital assistant, attached by a wire to the outfit, to make a GPS connection.
By GREG COOK  |  October 02, 2009


Gang of six

‘4 Thieves’ at Firehouse 13; Mays and Sgouros at the PAC
Around town lately, you may have noted the screenprint that Andrew Moon Bain designed for the four-person exhibit “4 Thieves” at Firehouse 13.
By GREG COOK  |  September 23, 2009


Take a look

New spaces and fresh faces
A year ago the future looked bright as the RISD Museum debuted its shiny new Chace Center.
By GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2009


Water, benign and fierce

Sailing photos at Moses Brown, Katrina’s aftermath at Brown
In Onne van der Wal's sailing photos, it seems the weather is always balmy and the golden sun always setting. The Jamestown resident's exhibit at Moses Brown School's Krause Gallery (250 Lloyd Avenue, Providence, through October 2) depicts a world that's forever at its endless summer, can't-get-any-better-than-this peak.
By GREG COOK  |  September 15, 2009


Allegorical expressions

Lydia Stein's “Love Songs, Hobos & Other Spirits”
Horses break loose from carnival carousels and run free, a horse-headed naked woman cuddles a rabbit as blue birds circle, and an escaped carousel horse visits the grave of a flower in Providence artist Lydia Stein's exhibit "Love Songs, Hobos & Other Spirits" at AS220's Project Space.
By GREG COOK  |  September 09, 2009


Dark and light sides of pleasure

Kirsten Hassenfeld's place of "endless plenty" at Bell Gallery
"I want to create a place where people can take a little vacation from reality," Brooklyn artist Kirsten Hassenfeld has said. "I'm interested in going to a place where there is no want, only endless plenty." In "Recent Sculpture," her exhibit at Brown University's Bell Gallery (64 College Street, Providence, through November 1), she succeeds magnificently.
By GREG COOK  |  September 02, 2009


Photos: Kirsten Hassenfeld at Bell Gallery

Kirsten Hassenfeld at Bell Gallery, Brown University, until Nov. 1, 2009.
Photos from Hassenfeld's show at the Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  September 01, 2009

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Magical mystery tour

Michael Bizon's 'Cypheromantic' at 5 Traverse
Last Friday, I hopped over a guardrail, skirted the manicured lawn of a Providence golf course, scampered into trees, and clutched a rope (conveniently tied to a nearby tree) as I gingerly stepped down a slippery dirt slope toward Michael Bizon's secret art project. The trail stopped at the edge of a cliff of broken-up concrete with a tangle of rusty rebar snaking out.
By GREG COOK  |  August 25, 2009

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Mixed moods

Big statements at Top Drawer Art Center
The painting that sticks in my mind from "Beyond Will Power: The 5th Annual Top Drawer Group Show" at Top Drawer Art Center (2731 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, through September 4) is Anthony Brun's mixed-media painting Jason Killed Freddy .
By GREG COOK  |  August 18, 2009

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Places that are gone

O. Winston Link and Carmel Vitullo document an era
It wasn't until the 1970s that O. Winston Link got noticed by the art world. The New Yorker had been a professional photographer since the 1930s, shooting publicity shots for an advertising firm before World War II and doing freelance commercial photography afterward. It was a decent living, but it was anonymous work.
By GREG COOK  |  August 05, 2009


Photos: Documenting a Moment, a Place, an Era

O. Winston Link and Carmel Vitullo at the Bert Gallery
Photos from "Documenting a Moment, a Place, an Era,"  exhibit at the Bert Gallery, Providence
By BERT GALLERY  |  August 05, 2009

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Stop the presses

Fine art and funhouse tricks from AS220's Print Shop
Meg Turner steals the show in 5 Traverse gallery's new exhibit with her installation Santa's Worst Nightmare . Climb up a few stairs, step into a closet-sized box wallpapered with etchings of bricks, and close the old weathered door behind you.
By GREG COOK  |  July 29, 2009

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C.W. Roelle explores three dimensions at AS220's Project Space
Every artist aims to develop a trademark look. Most carve out an individual style within the usual tried and true playing field — a certain way with paint, a certain slant to their photos — but C.W. Roelle has accomplished the rare feat of staking out his territory off these beaten paths.
By GREG COOK  |  July 15, 2009

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More than words

The Farnsworth's Robert Indiana retrospective
What are we to make of Robert Indiana? His is generally considered part of the Pop art group of artists who came into prominence in the late '60s, along with Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, and Roy Lichtenstein, and though he is not perhaps as highly regarded in the art world, he has a wider popular following than any of them.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  July 08, 2009

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Summer buffet

'Nature/Artifice' at the RISD Museum
"Nature/Artifice" at the RISD Museum (224 Benefit Street, Providence, through February 2010) feels summery, but it's not like lite beach reading. I think it has to do with the one-room show's crisp, fresh feel and the platform full of flip-flops.
By GREG COOK  |  July 07, 2009

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Mixing it up

"Two Sculptors and a Painter" at RIC's Bannister Gallery
It seems like a simple exercise you might give students: Get a bunch of plastic bottles, lots of thread, and make some art from it. It's the kind of assignment teachers give to get students thinking about sculptural form and structure. And usually the results feel like a dumb exercise.
By GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2009

Dr. Lovemonkey: Dress you up in my love

Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By Dr. Lovemonkey  |  June 23, 2009
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